Ready to pop!

I'll be 40 weeks on Sunday.  I had what was hopefully my last prenatal appointment yesterday. I'm 3 cm dilated and 75% effaced. We're just waiting for the bambino to make an appearance. Oh my goodness, I really don't think there is anything more exciting in the world! 

We've installed the car seat, packed the hospital bag, inflated the birthing ball, stocked up on frozen meals, burp cloths, breast pads and all the newborn essentials. We've got a special gift ready and waiting for big brother Linus. Oh, and we're pretty certain on a name, too.

 I've had a very easy pregnancy compared to a lot of women and I know i'm so lucky to feel as good as I do. With that said, my back aches and the pubic bone pain is just awful... I pee every half an hour, I'm swollen and I'm really not getting much sleep these days. As much as i've loved this pregnancy and as thankful as I am to have made it to 40 weeks, I'm ready for the next chapter. We all are. My mama is home from her Hawaiian vacation and Evan has everything sorted out at work. 

Hand over the pineapple and the primrose oil. I want to meet my baby boy!

(just kidding about the pineapple and the primrose oil. I'll try my best to let nature take it's course.)

photos taken at 37 weeks by my friend Sarah Mavro.



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Linus: Patiently waiting for a Sugarbowl cinnamon bun before heading to swimming lessons. 
Baby boy: 39 weeks. I'm so looking forward to seeing his sweet face in these portraits. 


A little room for a little boy.

I am so excited to finally post photos of our baby boys nursery. I adore the way it turned out. The room was originally my sewing/craft room but once we found out we had another little man on the way it was time to move the fabric and jewelry supplies downstairs and transform it into a tiny boys room. The space is quite small. I'm not sure what the square footage is but trust me it's teeny tiny, but perfect for a small child. There is also no closet, but the beautiful vintage teak dresser has plenty of storage space (thanks mama!). It was a challenge to make everything fit and not look cluttered, but one that i was excited to take on. So here you have it... baby boys nursery. Now all that's missing is my sweet baby boy! 

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."
This photo was taken by my friend Sarah Mavro.

Linus: He's such a cuddly boy. I'm so lucky.
Baby boy: 38 weeks. Not much longer!


Happy Love Day

Just a few iPhone pics from earlier. What a lovely love day. Linus had so much fun at his preschool party and really enjoyed his milk and cookies after lunch. 
It's been a busy day for us and I'm pooped! I just ordered Thai food for dinner and we plan on playing Candy Land with Linus before bed. Evan is taking me out on Saturday night. It might be one of our very last date nights together before baby boy arrives... He's almost here! Linus put one of his chocolate hearts in his baby brothers crib today. Such a honey.

p.s. I just told Linus that his cheeks look rosy red and he told me, "Dat's because Sirena kissed my cheeks all over at school today!" Sirena is one of his best friends at school. She's a cute little tomboy with messy hair. They take Gymnastics together as well. I guess things are getting pretty serious.



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Linus: Minutes before switching out that toque for a helmet and sledding down the awesome snow hill in our neighbourhood. He loves sledding and keeps asking to go over the "big jump", which terrifies me. It's really not that big, but neither is he. Maybe he'll talk me in to it next time.
Baby boy: 37 weeks. He's getting into position now. I've been feeling quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions over the last few days. I don't think this little guy is going to make an appearance any time soon, though. Three weeks left to go and I have feeling he'll stay put until then.  



Life lately. According to my iPhone....

• All I want to eat is fruit and chocolate... and TUMS. • Two new necklaces in the shop. • Linus went tobogganing for the first time last weekend. He LOVED it! • The sun rose at 8:08am. Tomorrow it will rise at 8:06am. Every minute counts. • The nursery is almost finished. I'll post photos soon. • This boy melts my heart on a daily basis. Just the sweetest person in every way. • "Darf Vader..." • We've been busy preparing for Valentines day. Linus has everything ready for the preschool party next week. • Linus has been missing Jedi and Sadie an awful lot. They're in Hawaii. He drew all four TMNT's for Jedi the other day. I helped with 3 out of 4 of the masks. He did the rest. Pretty awesome! Jedi returned the favor with four super cool Star Wars drawings. • This place. I make sure to spend an hour relaxing and reading in bed every afternoon. • I'm full term now and feeling so ready to finally meet this little man. I've been reading all sorts of positive and inspiring birth stories to mentally prepare my self. I've been breathing deeply and sipping raspberry leaf tea. Let's do this!



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Linus: Is already proving to be the sweetest big brother. He talks to the baby and reads him stories all the time. He kisses the belly at least 10 times a day. 
Baby boy: Still 36 weeks in this photo. We're one month away from meeting this new little one. I'm so excited I just peed a little...



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

I'm still playing catch up...
Linus: Watching the snow fall.
Baby boy: 36 weeks. The waddle has set in and yes, my boob is leaking...

p.s. In the second photo you can see an assortment of special little things that have been lovingly placed in baby boys room by big brother Linus. A green flash light, a tiny painting, a Star Wars watch, a piece of blue play dough in the shape of a ghost, some batteries, etc... I've been finding something new in there every few days. I put a few things away once only to find them carefully put back in the EXACT same place a few hours later.